One person killed after car collided with train, SCHP investigating


COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - One person has died following a crash involving a car and a train.

A 27-year-old Walterboro man died from injuries he received after his car collided with a northbound Amtrak train at a private rural rail crossing near the Green Pond community.

The accident was reported at 9:28 a.m. Friday morning.

Witnesses advised officials the car failed to stop at the crossing.

Firefighter-Paramedics arrived several minutes later to the crossing on Wiess Lane, a single lane rural dirt road, to find a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria with massage damage.

The car was located approximately 220 feet north of the crossing and was fully involved in fire.

The driver was partially ejected, but trapped inside the vehicle and appeared to have died from multiple traumatic injuries before the blaze erupted.

The northbound Amtrak train was approximately four-tenths of a mile north of the crossing. No one on the train was injured.

The Coroner's Office was notified and when they completed their investigation, Firefighters used Holmatro Rescue Tools to remove the driver. The Coroner's Office transported the man.

Rail traffic on the busy north-south CSX route was stopped for several hours.

The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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